Very-Almond Cheesecake

Very-Almond Cheesecake
Prep Time:
30 mins
Chill Time:
5 hrs
Bake Time:
1 hrs
Cool Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
7 hrs 15 mins


  • 2 cup shortbread or butter cookie crumbs (about 7 1/2 ounces)

  • ½ cup ground toasted almonds

  • 2 tablespoon sugar

  • ½ cup butter, melted

  • 1 8 ounce can almond paste

  • ¾ cup sugar

  • 2 tablespoon amaretto

  • 3 teaspoon vanilla

  • 4 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened

  • 4 eggs

  • 2 egg yolks

  • 1 8 ounce carton dairy sour cream

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • 1 tablespoon amaretto

  • cup ground toasted almonds


  1. For crust, in a medium bowl stir together cookie crumbs, the 1/2 cup ground almonds, the 2 tablespoons sugar, and the butter until combined. Press mixture into the bottom and 1 1/2 inches up the sides of a 10-inch springform pan. Cover and chill for 1 hour.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. For filling, in a very large mixing bowl beat almond paste, the 3/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons amaretto, and 2 teaspoons of the vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Add cream cheese. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs and egg yolks just until combined. Pour into crust-lined pan. Place filled springform pan in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan.

  3. Bake about 55 minutes or until a 2 1/2-inch area around outside edges appears set when gently shaken. Meanwhile, in a small bowl stir together sour cream, the 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon amaretto, and the remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla. Spread evenly over hot cheesecake. Bake for 5 minutes more.

  4. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Using a sharp small knife, loosen the crust from the sides of pan; cool for 30 minutes more. Remove the sides of the pan; cool cheesecake completely on rack. Cover and chill at least 4 hours before serving. Sprinkle with the 1/3 cup ground almonds before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

540 Calories
41g Fat
33g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 540
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 41g 53%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 166mg 55%
Sodium 298mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 10g
Calcium 111.1mg 9%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 172mg 4%
Folate, total 28.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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